Hog Feugill likely out for long haul

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

The Hog who pushed Dave Mudge out the door may be lost for the season.

The early prognosis on import Winnipeg offensive tackle John Feugill's knee injury is not favourable and he will definitely miss the next CFL game when the Blue Bombers host the B.C. Lions on Thanksgiving.

"We're still awaiting some tests to come back early but it probably looks like he's done for the year," Winnipeg GM Brendan Taman said yesterday.

But that does not mean that the Bombers will pursue import tackle Dave Hack, recently released by Hamilton, more vigorously. In fact, reports out of Vancouver suggested that the Lions are in a bidding war with Winnipeg over Hack.

No bidding war for Hack

"That's false with a capital 'F,'" Taman said, adding that the Bombers are not one of the six teams that have reportedly contacted him. "But he was a guy on our list we were going to consider."

Either Jermese Jones or Ryan Bachman, two imports already in Winnipeg's camp, will likely replace Feugill, whose arrival here had allowed the Bombers to trade Mudge to Montreal for centre Aaron Fiacconi.

NEW LINEBACKER: Although QB Craig Ochs, a recent NFL cut, has declined Winnipeg's offer, the Bombers will bring import middle linebacker Joseph Tuipala to camp this morning. The 6-foot, 235-pound San Diego State product recently played for Cologne of NFL Europe, where he had been assigned by the Washington Redskins.

"He is a very active linebacker, a very good player and is a guy we've been trying to get for a long time," said Taman, adding that Tuipala will most likely be here next year, too. "Joe is a hard-nosed, athletic linebacker. He brings a high-intensity, play-making ability to our linebacking corps.

"There's a chance he'll play this week."

Tuipala, 29, led the Jacksonville Jaguars in special teams tackles in both 2001 and 2002.

HASHMARKS: DL Doug Brown has apparently suffered almost the same injury to his right foot as he did to his left foot (ruptured tendon), "which is almost unheard of," Taman said ... Bombers have sold out Thursday's Legacy Dinner ... The players return to practice this morning after their first bye week of the season.


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